Build For Tomorrow

This is a show about the unexpected things that shape us, and how we can shape the future. We tell funny, surprising stories about why people once feared the things we love (like the teddy bears and coffee!), and the myths we keep telling ourselves (like how new tech is harming us!), and walk away with lessons that can help turn fear and uncertainty into a path of opportunity. Welcome to Build for Tomorrow, hosted by Jason Feifer. (This show was previously called Pessimists Archive.)

http://jasonfeifer.com/build-for-tomorrow

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 45m. Bisher sind 46 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint alle 5 Wochen.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 8 hours 22 minutes

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Bicycles Were A Misogynist's Nightmare


When the bicycle debuted in the 1800s, it was blamed for all sorts of problems--from turning people insane to devastating local economies to destroying women's morals. We explore why the bicycle scared so many people, and what happens when the opposite of our fears turn out to be true. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


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 2017-06-08  34m
 
 

The British Used to Hate Umbrellas


National pride can be good... but it can also make you foolish and wet. In the 1750s, a London man took to the streets holding an umbrella—and braved jeers, rock-throwing haters, and even a cab that tried to run him over. We explore why rainy England was once so anti-umbrella, and whether that fight was really ever settled. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


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 2017-04-11  23m
 
 

The First Self-Driving Car Was A Horse


When the car began replacing the horse in the early 1900s, pessimists didn't celebrate. They called it "the devil wagon," and said its mission was to destroy the world. We explore why the horseless carriage was so scary, how it was eventually accepted, and what it can teach us about the future of self-driving cars. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


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 2017-03-02  29m
 
 

The Day the Music Died (And Was Reborn)


In the early 1900s, recorded music was accused of muddling our minds, destroying art, and even harming babies. What was everyone so afraid of? In this episode, we dig into the early days of music and see what the hysterics properly predicted—and the benefits they never saw coming. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


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 2017-01-09  35m
 
 

When Exactly Were "The Good Old Days"?


We like to say that things were better before. But... when was that, exactly? We go back in time to find out -- exploring every moment that people claimed was a golden age, and trying to understand why, as Trump’s "Make American Great Again" slogan has shown, nostalgia is such a powerful force. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


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 2016-11-13  35m
 
 

Wearing A Walkman Was Illegal


Today's critics say that smartphones separate us. We no longer make the kind of in-person human connections that we once did, they say. Well... In this episode, take a trip back to the 1980s — when the portable cassette player was accused of turning people into “wind-up non-humans,” laws were passed to keep them on the streets, and one New Jersey man risked jail time for his right to walk with headphones. Get in touch! Instagram: @heyfeifer Twitter: @heyfeifer Web: jasonfeifer...


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 2016-09-13  25m